Anxiety Disorder Therapy FAQs

Anxiety Disorder Therapy FAQs from Springs Health LLC in Columbia, MDTo cope with anxiety, therapy can be a key strategy. You may first think that medication is the only way to deal with the effects of an anxiety disorder. Some prescription drugs can help. But a therapist can intervene with a different approach. Patients commonly ask questions before beginning this treatment. It is good to understand these questions so you can feel positive about getting help.

An overview of anxiety disorder

Mental illnesses come in many forms and can affect teens, young adults, and adults. There are different levels of mental illness. Anxiety is a common disorder that can hinder a person’s quality of life. It occurs when a person is overly worried or scared about something.

Anxiety is a normal and healthy reaction to problematic situations. But when these feelings are so overpowering that the person cannot function, therapy is essential. A person with anxiety disorder can have trouble holding down a job or going to school. It is difficult to maintain relationships and interact with others.

When does a person need therapy for anxiety?

Most people have some level of anxiety in their lives. These feelings can occur every day or sporadically. Anxiety can come when a person is worried about their performance at work or school. It may happen in social settings. When the feelings become crippling, it may be time to seek treatment. A person should also get help when the anxiety increases. If the anxiety prevents the person from handling routine tasks, visiting a therapist is vital.

What happens during a session with a therapist?

Every patient is different and has specific needs. There is not a cookie-cutter approach to anxiety therapy. However, the goals and approaches are similar across the board. The therapist will identify the triggers of anxious feelings. The treatment will touch on how the person copes with these feelings and how effective those are. Together, the therapist and patient will talk about how to reduce anxiety.

How long will the treatment last?

The length of the therapy will depend on the severity of the person’s condition. In mild or moderate cases, a few sessions can prove to be enough. Some patients may visit a therapist for a couple of months. For other patients, the therapy may go on for a year or more. In the most extreme cases, the treatment might be lifelong.

Will the patient take medication too?

Medication may or may not be a part of the therapy. The therapist can help make this determination. Often, drugs can supplement the therapy or vice-versa. But some patients try meeting with a therapist when medication has not been successful.

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Be prepared for your treatment

If you are about to begin therapy for anxiety, you may have these same questions. Come to your first appointment ready to discuss these issues. The more you understand about anxiety and how to treat it, the more comfortable you can feel. Make an appointment with a therapist today so you can get on the road to recovery.

Request an appointment or call Springs Health LLC at 410-772-0774 for an appointment in our Columbia office.